End of an Era: NBA will miss Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, and Dwyane Wade
- This may be the last season for Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwayne WadeIn the NBA and NBA will miss them when they are gone
Originally drafted, in 1998, by the Milwaukee Bucks. Nowitzki, was dealt, on draft day, along with Steve Nash, to the Dallas Mavericks. Twenty-one years later, like Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki has left a legacy, in the game of basketball. A 7 footer originally, from Germany, Nowitzki brought a blend of passing and long-range shooting not usually expected, of big men, in the NBA. Nowitzki sports career averages of 21.2 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game and a very good 38.3% from three-point range. Nowitzki, in many ways, is the precursor to forwards like Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis, centers with a complete skill set.
Nowitzki’s resume is highly decorated. His Mavericks were NBA Champions in 2011 beating the LeBron James led Miami Heat, in a six-game series, 4-2. Nowitzki was the NBA Finals MVP in 2011. He was also the NBA’s MVP in 2007. Nowitzki was an NBA all-star from 2002-2012 and, in 2014 and 2015. He also won a three-point shootout competition at the 2006 all-star event. Like Vince Carter, Nowitzki has not announced his retirement, but he is 40 years old. In the summer of 2017, Nowitzki signed a two year deal for $10 million dollars with this season being a team option. Dallas exercised the team option. Nowitzki is out of contract at the end of this season.